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Pesticides: Better Data Can Improve the Usefulness of EPA's Benefit Assessments
RCED-92-32: Published: Dec 31, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) benefit assessments of pesticides used on food, focusing on: (1) EPA use of such assessments during special reviews of already registered pesticides; and (2) the extent to which EPA used adequate data, clarified limitations, and considered alternative pest-control measures.GAO found that: (1) EPA primari...
Superfund: EPA Could Do More to Minimize Cleanup Delays at the Clark Fork Sites
RCED-92-20: Published: Nov 21, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 7, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the progress and problems of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) cleanup of the Clark Fork Superfund sites in Montana, focusing on the: (1) extent and cost of cleanup work; (2) adequacy of cleanup plans; and (3) effectiveness of EPA efforts to recover cleanup costs.GAO found that: (1) only 2 of the 4 sites' 23 operable units have been clean...
Hazardous Materials: 1990 Transportation Uniform Safety Act--Status of DOT Implementing Actions
RCED-92-55BR: Published: Nov 5, 1991. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the status of the Department of Transportation's (DOT) implementation of the Hazardous Materials Transportation Uniform Safety Act of 1990 (HMTUSA).GAO found that: (1) action to implement HMTUSA is either in process or planned for all sections except one that has been completed; (2) DOT officials stated that they lacked sufficient fu...
Nuclear Waste: Operation of Monitored Retrievable Storage Facility Is Unlikely by 1998
RCED-91-194: Published: Sep 24, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the alternatives of storing spent nuclear fuel exclusively at utility reactor sites or transferring the waste to a federal facility for monitored retrievable storage (MRS), focusing on the: (1) likelihood of an MRS facility operating by 1998; (2) legal implications if the Department of Energy (DOE) is unable to take delivery of wastes in 1998; (3)...
National Park Service: Status of Development at the Steamtown National Historic Site
T-RCED-92-6: Published: Oct 22, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 22, 1991.
GAO discussed the authorization of additional appropriations for the Steamtown National Historic Site, focusing on: (1) estimated development costs and federal funds appropriated; (2) the extent of hazardous materials and toxic substances at the site; (3) site safety; and (4) plans to operate excursion trains from the site. GAO noted that: (1) the total site development cost will amount to about $...
Lawn Care Pesticides: EPA Needs to Assess State Notification Programs
RCED-91-208: Published: Sep 25, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the kind of notice the public receives when commercial applicators apply pesticides.GAO found that: (1) state notification requirements vary in terms of who should be provided with information, when the information should be provided, what information should be provided, and whether the information must be requested; (2) 23 states re...
National Park Service: Cost Estimates for Two Proposed Park Facilities in Texas
RCED-91-218BR: Published: Sep 3, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 3, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO analyzed the cost estimates for the proposed: (1) visitor center at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park; and (2) headquarters/visitor center and a separate maintenance facility at Big Thicket National Preserve.GAO found that: (1) the National Park Service's (NPS) initial cost estimate for the San Antonio Missions visitor center was $8.63 million,...
Nuclear Waste: Hanford Single-Shell Tank Leaks Greater Than Estimated
RCED-91-177: Published: Aug 5, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined whether the Department of Energy (DOE) or its Hanford, Washington, site contractor fully disclosed the volume of waste that leaked from the site's underground single-shell storage tanks.GAO found that: (1) DOE estimated that 750,000 gallons of liquid waste leaked from 66 shell tanks, but did not include the volume of cooling water that had been a...
Superfund: Public Health Assessments Incomplete and of Questionable Value
RCED-91-178: Published: Aug 1, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the quality and usefulness of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's (ATSDR) health assessments of Superfund sites.GAO held that: (1) the quality of ATSDR health assessments suffered due to legislation requiring ATSDR to complete assessments for 951 sites in a little over 2 years; (2) although ATSDR met the deadline, it did so by la...
Rangeland Management: Comparison of Rangeland Condition Reports
RCED-91-191: Published: Jul 18, 1991. Publicly Released: Aug 20, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO followed up on its 1988 report on the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) and Forest Service's rangeland management programs, comparing the conclusions and analyzing the findings of two studies conducted by BLM and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) on the condition of the public rangeland under BLM jurisdiction.GAO found that: (1) although NRDC and...